“I am particularly pleased that we won the game.
Ontong hammered 166 off 228 balls with 18 boundaries and a six in propelling the Cobras to 597 first-innings runs in the final Sunfoil Series match of the season.
It was his equal-highest first-class score of an impressive career.
The Dolphins wilted under the onslaught, impressively spearheaded by Beuran Hendricks and Dane Paterson, and the Cobras won by an innings and 117 runs in their Sunfoil Series clash at Pietermaritzburg.
“The Dolphins fielded an inexperienced bowling attack on a green surface, and we exploited their inexperience,” he said.
Ontong finished the season with 479 runs at an average of 59.87 and was seventh on the list of players with the leading batting averages.
The Cobras captain was impressed with the century scored by Justin Kemp. “He used his size to intimidate the opposition. He batted very well and was aggressive,” Ontong said about the blistering 143 hammered by the lanky Kemp off only 150 balls, with 18 fours and six sixes.
Ontong also said the old Hendricks is back. The 24-year old swing bowler finished with a match haul of seven for 75. Ontong said he believed Hendricks generated pace and will embark on an Indian Premier League campaign with restored confidence.
He said Paterson bowled with aggression, impressive fitness levels and swung the ball both ways through the air, a key factor in his 42 wickets in four-day matches.
Paterson finished sixth on the list of national bowling averages and took his wickets at an impressive average of 22.54.